College students deserve to learn, not fear deportation

Ann Beeson

We call on elected leaders to vote no on SB 4, and to support an amendment that would remove campus police from the bill. Instead of frightening college students and families, let’s return to our strong tradition of embracing immigrant culture and leading the nation with common-sense policies that provide a pathway to opportunity for young people of all backgrounds.

Promising School Finance Bills Advance in Texas House and Senate

Chandra Kring Villanueva

The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee. On Wednesday the full House will debate HB 21. Sponsored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, HB 21 has many positive provisions and is a promising first step toward […]

The Ups and Downs of School Finance: Protecting the Floor while Raising the Ceiling

Chandra Kring Villanueva

CPPP Recommendation: Increase the basic allotment floor to $5,200 to absorb funding elements eliminated in HB 21. The House Public Education Committee recently passed HB 21, which takes the first step in making needed improvement to the school finance system. The bill removes some outdated and inefficient elements in the system while also adding additional […]

Tweens at Risk of Dropping out before High School

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the beginning of fourth grade are four times more likely […]

House Public Education Committee takes on School Finance Reform with HB 21

Chandra Kring Villanueva

You can print out a copy of this post as a 2-pager here. Delivering on their promise to address the minimally constitutional school finance system this session, the House Public Education Committee heard HB 21 by Chairman Dan Huberty. HB 21 is a good first step toward improving the school finance system because it aims […]

Why the Texas Middle Class is Shrinking

Garrett Groves

Report shows keys to reducing wage disparities and promoting economic growth Over the past 30 years, the largest share of jobs at the center of the U.S. economy – known as “middle-skill jobs” – have been declining according to a report released today from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Center for Public […]

New Report: Income Inequality Especially Bad in Texas

Dick Lavine

Texas is among the states with the highest income inequality, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Texas ranks 10th in the country, with its richest residents— the top five percent of households— having average incomes 15 times as large as the bottom 20 percent of households and five […]

How Business Leaders Can Help Employees Build Financial Stability

Laura Rosen

In Texas, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. However, we have not done enough to correct the fact that too many Texans are stuck in low quality jobs that make self-sufficiency all but impossible. Specifically, 2.4 million Texas workers (26 percent of all private sector jobs) earn less than $11.62 an hour […]

Texas Must Get Serious About Workforce Development

Garrett Groves

If Texas wants to remain one of the top states for business growth and job creation, then we must get serious about workforce development. We currently rank 40th in the nation with only 35 percent of adults attaining a postsecondary degree, compared to 41 percent nationally. And we trail every state except California in the percent […]

On the Road Again

Ann Beeson

One of the things I love about my job is the chance to travel around the state and meet Texans committed to helping other Texans reach their full potential. Last week I spent two days in Fort Worth, inspired by the can-do spirit of Cowtown. Leadership Fort Worth sponsored a top-notch gathering of business and […]